Authorities have found human remains in a pond off Ed Barnes Road in Jackson Parish. According to the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO), they suspect the body to be Jimmy Thompson, who was reported missing on June 20, 2021, by his family members. Thompson was last seen on May 5, 2021, around 9:30 p.m. Deputies say they have been searching the Ed Barnes Road area since Thompson was reported missing and that the remains will be sent off for forensic autopsy and full identification. No foul play is suspected.
As reported on KNOE-TV on Thursday, June 24th, residents in Chatham woke up Thursday morning to an unpleasant surprise on their front lawns. Jackson Parish Sheriff Andy Brown says bags containing a rock, and a picture of a woman urging people to join the Ku Klux Klan were distributed to around 20-30 Chatham residents.
“I think it’s pretty much a cowardly act on the part of whoever put these out here to try and slander this person,” Brown said.
He furthers said this was not the first time this has happened in Chatham.
“Another individual, about a week ago had the same type bag, rock, and a picture in it labeling somebody a pedophile,” he said.
Brown believes the incidents are related. As for the woman in the picture, he says she is not a member of the KKK.
“She works for the ambulance service here. She is doing her clinical and is trying to become a paramedic.”
When asked who could possibly be behind the attack the victim says she doesn’t know.
“I have tried to get her to look back in her mind somewhere and maybe come up with somebody who has a problem with her, but she can’t think of anybody,” Brown said.
Once the person responsible is identified Brown said he will pursue a littering charge against them. He also expects the victim to pursue civil charges for slander. If you have any information in regard to this you are asked to contact the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-259-9021.
When Weston High School announced that Cecilia Akin would be the girls softball coach in 2022 it completed a journey that ended right where it started – back home. It also allowed her dream to become a reality. She now has the only job she wanted at the only place she wanted to be at.
“This is all I have ever wanted to do,” said Akin. “To be the head coach of the Weston softball team is my dream job.”
Akin credits her former coach and current WHS Assistant Principal, Debbie Pender and her aunt, Kim Shows, who stepped down after one year as the girls softball head coach but will continue to be with the program as Akin’s assistant, with instilling the desire to follow in their footsteps.
“I am here because of the influence Coach Pender and my aunt Kim had on me,” reflected Akin. “They both have made such a difference in my life and have been wonderful inspirations for me.”
Her desire to one day run the softball program at Weston was obviously apparent to both her mentors as well.
“Coach Pender always told me when I was playing that she knew one day I would be back,” laughed Akin. “Aunt Kim also knew that this is what I had wanted to do as well and I am so grateful to her to allow me to be her assistant last year and basically swap places with me now so that I would have this chance.”
As a player Akin was named Class B All State first team in both her junior (2015) and senior (2016) seasons at WHS where she pitched the Lady Wolves to consecutive district titles. Over the two year period she compiled a 36-15 overall record that included a sparkling 14-1 record in district play and a combined 13 shutouts.
After graduation Akin took her talents to Hinds Community College in Mississippi where she was a starting pitcher for two years and earned NJCAA All State honors her sophomore year. From there she transferred to Louisiana Tech where she finished with a degree in English in 2020. Now she is back home where she has always wanted to be and where her heart never left hoping to be able to bring back the winning tradition that she helped develop.
“I want our girls to be able to experience the success and joys of winning,” said Akin. “They have great potential to do so and I am excited to see what we can achieve as a team. “
Ever since their arrival four years ago, providing the best in patient care has been an objective of Jackson Parish Hospital CEO John Morgan and COO Dr. Jason Thomas. The advances made in such a short time have been near incredible through the implementation of some of the most advanced technology available such as Tele-Medicine for our parish schools, 3D Mammography, Artificial Intelligence assisted Computed Tomography and most recently the unveiling of a new futuristic patient wing.
Recently the patient care at JPH took another giant leap forward but this time it wasn’t through any type of new age technology. Instead it was through the improvement one of the more basic services the hospital has to offer, but one that plays no small part in helping patients heal. As of June 8th, patients and staff will have the opportunity to enjoy meals prepared by Culinary Services Group (CSG) and resident Chef John Mayer.
Since being founded in 2008, CSG has become one of the nation’s premier food management services companies that specializes in senior living, behavioral health and hospital food service preparation as evidenced by their inclusion in Food Management Magazine’s Top 50 list. In line with the continued pro-active movement by the JPH administration, their partnership with CSG is the first in the state of Louisiana.
The difference in food service that CSG and Chef Mayer brings not only revolutionizes food service from a health standpoint but in a simple, old-fashioned attempt to make a patient’s stay as enjoyable as possible. What is now being served isn’t “hospital” food and certainly not in “hospital” fashion.
As an example, imagine you are a patient and it’s breakfast time. Instead of just bringing you your meal, now your Chef will present you with a menu that allows you to make such choices as having your eggs prepared the way you like. Want fried eggs today? Scrambled eggs tomorrow? Would you rather have grits as a side, or oatmeal or cream of wheat? Maybe you want just cold cereal or yogurt? Biscuits or toast? The choice is yours. If you think that’s something, you should see the lunch and dinner menus. If you’re hungry outside of one of the normal meal times, you can also order off the “Always Available” menu with meals such as salads, grilled cheese sandwiches, and hamburgers. Also, under Chef Mayer’s guidance, any type of specialty diet required by doctor’s orders during your stay will be prepared to perfection.
“I believe the intake of food designed to make a person healthier is vital in the healing process,” said Chef Mayer who brings 40 years of food service experience. “What is also important is that they enjoy what they are eating so that they will eat everything they are supposed to.”
Mayer brings another attribute to the proverbial “table” that normally one would hope to get from their Physician and not even consider coming from a food service preparer and that is a good “bed-side” manner.
“I feel it is important to make “rounds” just like a doctor does,” said Chef Mayer. “No one wants to be in a hospital and I want my patrons to know that we are trying to make things as comfortable as possible for them so they can focus on getting better. My hope and desire is that it makes a difference in the way they think of their stay.”
With a philosophy like that it is no wonder that CEO Morgan and COO Thomas, as well as the rest of the Jackson Parish Hospital administration and staff are excited to be now working with CSG and Chef Mayer. The partnership may be among two organizations but the way they both think is one and the same.
It makes you wonder what is causing the “invasion”? For the second week in a row an alligator has had to be removed from a place of business alongside Hwy 167N, just north of the “Gate City” area in Jonesboro. Two weeks ago a six-foot long alligator was found on the doorstep of the Jonesboro Family Medicine Clinic. This past Wednesday, a smaller version was picked up in the parking lot between Grace Community Church and the Pizza Hut. Maybe it heard there was a MeatLovers special going on.
Jonesboro Police Department Assistant Chief, Ciera Murphy, who Police Chief James “Spike” Harris has now dubbed “Crocodile Donetta” after catching and assisting in the relocation of three alligators and Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Simonelli caught the reluctant reptile. After the “scaleback” was secured it was removed and returned to a nearby wetlands area.
If you have followed my writings for very long, there is one thing you’ll notice. I enjoy song birds. I’m not an official “birder” but feeding the little sprites in my yard is something I really enjoy. Something else is high on my list of things about birds that I enjoy and that’s offering them nesting boxes to rear their young.
For years I tried to entice purple martins to a box without success. Growing up, we had no problems at all attracting these sweet singing little mosquito-eating martins and I just assumed when I grew up and had a home of my own I’d have plenty of martins to enjoy. That has not been the case as they have shunned my martin boxes. That’s not the case, however, with another species I have enjoyed watching build, lay sky-blue eggs and hatch little ones. Blue birds,
Eastern Blue Birds to be exact.
There was no doubt that once the weather began warming this spring, I’d see blue birds beginning to do what they have always done; build a nest in my boxes. Alas, it was not to be this year. My boxes have all been empty leaving me disappointed and frustrated. I decided to check around to see if I was the only one with similar experiences. Posting
my concern on Face Book, I was rather surprised at the responses I received.
As of now, I have received more than 40 responses to my query. A few responders reported blue birds in their boxes. The majority, however, seem to have had results similar to mine. From those responding, several reported something rather chilling – literally. The big ice storm, snow fall and frigid temperatures we had in February apparently had a devastating effect on blue birds in our area.
“I found several dead in my boxes,” one said. “I lost almost all my bluebirds due to snow that lasted so long. I believe they starved to death,” wrote another. “I had five freeze in a box trying to roost out the weather” and another reported “I have heard as high as seven dead bluebirds frozen in bird boxes.”
If you think about it, song birds have a precarious time rearing a clutch of young with hazards, from weather to snakes to housecats taking a toll on nestlings in particular. Last year, I started off well when one of my boxes had four eggs that I’d check on periodically. After a couple of weeks, I determined that something was amiss as the eggs were
not hatching. I recall seeing a feral housecat hanging around near the box and I determined that
perhaps the cat caught the mother.
I reluctantly cleaned out the box and within a few days, another pair of bluebirds began preparing a nest and eventually I found five eggs in the box and soon I was pleased to find on fledgling that had hatched out. I checked the box a day or so later and found cracked eggs on the ground and the one that had hatched was dead. I don’t think it was a snake because the eggs and baby bird would be gone; I’m at a loss to know what happened to this nest.
I ended up last season with no bluebirds to show for a couple of efforts and none, not even a nest this year. I can only assume that the absence of nesting this year was the result of the devastating winter storm we had. I hope that those fortunate folks who have successful nests this spring will produce enough to close the gap this year has seen.
”Bluebirds can’t read; neither were they able to nest this year with likely culprit being snow and ice in February.”
Glynn Harris photo
CANEY LAKE – Bass have been best at night or late afternoons on deep diving crank baits or over-sized plastic worms. Some in the 8-10 pound range have been reported. Smaller fish are schooling and hitting shad imitation lures. Crappie are around the deeper tops and hitting jigs and shiners fished 12 feet deep in 15-25 foot water. Bream are on the beds and hitting crickets and worms. No report on catfish. For information contact Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BUSSEY BRAKE – Bream fishing has been good fishing worms or crickets around the trees. Bass are fair around the trees on soft plastics and spinners. Crappie are scattered and fair. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Bass have been fair around the edges of the grass on jigs and spinners. Bream fishing is good around the tupelo gums. Crappie are scattered and fair on shiners or jigs. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – Lot of current in the river. Best fishing for bass and crappie has been in the river lakes. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE –Crappie fishing continues to be best fishing the flats in 25 foot water fishing 8-10 feet deep on shiners or jigs with Cajun Cricket, Blue Thunder and Threadfin Shad jigs working best. Bream fishing is good on worms and crickets. Catfishing continues to be good off the banks and on the flats on night crawlers and cold worms. Bass fishing has been best fishing the deeper channel holes and old sloughs on jigs, crank baits. For latest reports, call
Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bass fishing has been best early morning fishing in the back of the creeks on topwater lures. Some are also being caught fishing the points on the main lake with crank baits. At night, fish around the lighted piers with Shaky Heads with finesse worm added. Crappie have been better at night around the lights in 20 foot deep water. Bream are still around the beds and catfishing has been fair on cold worms. at night fishing the lighted piers with crank baits. For latest information, call Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Bass and crappie are fair. Catfish and bream are fair to good. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – No report. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water level is still high but slowly falling with better reports this week on crappie and bar fish fair to good. No report on bass. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.
The third week of play for the High School Summer Baseball and Softball Leagues will take place at the Jackson Parish Recreation Department with a pair of baseball games slated for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and eleven softball games scheduled for Thursday. Schedule of games are shown below.
|Date and Times||Home||Visitor|
|Monday, June 28th – 6:00pm||Calvin||Quitman|
|Monday, June 28th – 8:00pm||Calvin||Dodson|
|Tuesday, June 29th – 6:00pm||Dodson||Quitman|
|Tuesday, June 29th – 8:00pm||Saline||JHHS|
|Thursday, July 1st – 6:00pm||Haynesville||JHHS|
|Thursday, July 1st – 8:00pm||Haynesville||Saline|
|Time and Field||Home||Visitor|
|4:30 pm / Field 2||Weston||Saline|
|4:30 pm / Field 3||West Ouachita||Cedar Creek|
|4:30 pm / Field 4||Montgomery||Downsville|
|6:00 pm / Field 1||Plainview||West Ouachita|
|6:00 pm / Field 2||Choudrant||Weston|
|6:00 pm / Field 3||Cedar Creek||Calvin|
|6:00 pm / Field 4||Simsboro||Quitman|
|7:30 pm / Field 1||Montgomery||Plainview|
|7:30 pm / Field 2||Downsville||Saline|
|7:30 pm / Field 3||Simsboro||Calvin|
|7:30 pm / Field 4||Quitman||Quitman|
The Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) wants outdoorsmen to know that their lifetime hunting and fishing privileges aren’t going away, but there will be changes. Beginning in June 2022, instead of selling separate lifetime licenses for hunting and fishing, Louisiana will only offer its combination license: a “Lifetime Sportsman’s Paradise” license for $500 that covers both hunting and fishing.
Those residents who already own individual lifetime hunting and fishing licenses — which cost $300 each and will be on sale for another year — will be grandfathered in to the new program and won’t see a fee increase. The changes are part of a wide-ranging effort recently approved by Louisiana’s Legislature and Gov. John Bel Edwards to streamline the state’s antiquated licensing structure and increase fees to raise revenue for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
It’s the first time in two decades Louisiana has tweaked its recreational licensing structure — and with annual licenses set to expire at the end of June, questions about the changes are pouring in, department officials said. Outdoorsmen can rest easy for another eleven months though as the overhaul won’t go into effect until June 1, 2022.
The new structure will include fewer licenses that cover more privileges, making it easier for those who hunt and fish across multiple categories to comply with the law. The basic fishing license, for example, will increase from $9.50 to $17, but will also cover activities that once involved eight different recreational licenses for crab traps, crawfish traps and other types of fishing.
Senior citizens who already qualify for discounts also won’t see a fee increase. Those who were born on or before June 1, 1940 will continue to pay nothing, while those born on or before June 1, 1962 will only pay $5. After June 1, 2027, residents 65 and older will qualify for a discounted $20 license.
Lawmakers agreed to the changes after officials painted a dire picture of the department’s finances. Historically, the agency relied on royalties from oil and gas drilling in its wildlife management areas to sustain its operations. But as production declined, those revenues dried up — dropping roughly $60 million in less than a decade. The restructuring will raise nearly $17 million for the agency in the budget year that starts in mid-2022 and will grow to about $19 million in later years, according to a nonpartisan financial analysis of the bill.
McClinton said that two-thirds of license-holders would see a cost increase of $10 or less.
Beginning in January, commercial license holders will also see a bump in fees, though those changes will be phased in through 2024.
The 2020 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (LSHOF) inductees competed on the biggest stages and under the brightest lights across the country and around the world. Each one though had a common bond to rural Louisiana. Five of the seven competitive inductees cut their teeth on dirt courts or in grass fields. All four of the other honorees either grew up in small towns or were shaped by rural Louisiana on their way to wildly successful careers.
Led by local Shady Grove High School and Louisiana Tech legend, Angela Turner (Johnson), seven new competitive athletic members joined the LSHOF on Saturday along with the first Louisiana Sports Ambassador Award recipient, Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award winner this year’s Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism recipients.
Additional inductees included: Outdoorsman, Phil “Duck Commander” Robertson, former LSU football coach Nick Saban, eight-time Mr. Olympia world bodybuilding champion Ronnie Coleman, Sweet Lou Dunbar of the Harlem Globetrotters, New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Horn, UL-Lafayette / Chicago Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman and New Orleans native Kerry Kittles, a two-time All-America guard at Villanova and eight-year NBA performer.
The hall will also honor Tim Brando as its first Louisiana Sports Ambassador Award recipient, retired University of Tennessee women’s AD Joan Cronan (Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award) and Robin Fambrough and Kent Lowe, this year’s Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism recipients.
Turner continued her winning ways while at tiny Shady Grove High School, located just south of the Jackson/Bienville Parish line, as she helped turned Louisiana Tech into a national power, capturing the final AIAW national title in 1982 before taking the first NCAA women’s championship in 1983. Tech made four Final Fours in her Turner’s tenure, and the mid-range specialist was the Final Four MVP in 1981.
“We might have been a little town and a little school, but we had big hearts,” Turner said of Shady Grove, which helped form a personality being comfortable out of the spotlight with stud Louisiana Tech teammates. “I am thrilled to be joining three players from those Louisiana Tech teams (Pam Kelly, Kim Mulkey and Janice Lawrence-Braxton) and both of my coaches (Hogg and Leon Barmore) in this hall of fame.”
“At that time, we didn’t know the impact we would have on women’s basketball but we did think we could win a title. Pam (Kelly) and I told our coaches and (President F. Jay Taylor) that we were going to win a national championship. We won two.”
The 2020 Induction Class will be showcased in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum, operated by the Louisiana State Museum system in a partnership with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. The striking two-story, 27,500-square foot structure faces Cane River Lake in the National Historic Landmark District of Natchitoches and has garnered worldwide architectural acclaim and rave reviews for its contents since its grand opening during the 2013 Hall of Fame induction weekend.
A 35-member Louisiana Sports Writers Association committee selected the 2020 inductees. The panel considered a record 150 nominees from 31 different sport categories on a 33-page ballot, said Hall of Fame chairman and Jonesboro native, Doug Ireland.
The complete 12-person, Class of 2020 will swell the membership in the Hall of Fame to 445 men and women, including 358 from the competitors’ ballot. This includes 24 Pro Football Hall of Fame members, 18 Olympic medalists including 11 gold medal winners, 11 members of the Basketball Hall of Fame, seven of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players and seven National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees.
There are also 37 College Football Hall of Fame members, nine National High School Hall of Famer’s, jockeys with a combined 16 Triple Crown victories, six world boxing champions, seven Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame members, seven College Baseball Hall of Famer’s, 10 College Basketball Hall of Fame inductees, four NBA Finals MVPs, four winners of major professional golf championships, five National Museum of (Thoroughbred) Racing and Hall of Fame inductees and two Super Bowl MVPs.
It didn’t last as long as they would have wanted but the Jackson Parish 9u All Stars experienced a weekend they will never forget when they ventured to Many, LA to play in the Dixie Youth Baseball Region 8 tournament. The locals who were coached by Judd Rogers and Jedd Essmeier were game but came up on the short end of the stick in both contests.
Competing for Jackson Parish as shown in the banner above were:
Front Row (l-r): Jayden Burns, Ryan Sandifer, Waylon Sullivan, Noah Spillman, Hayden Essmeier, Drew Cantrell
Back row (l-r): Dane Clifton, Andrew Brown, Cason Rogers, Jacob Emmons, Jensen Waggoner, Spencer Strickland
United Way of Northeast Louisiana is launching a school uniform drive.
Ready4School is a partnership with libraries across four parishes to collect school uniforms for elementary school children. The drive is set to begin on June 21, 2021, and end on July 2. After all of the drop-offs are in, United Way volunteers will sort the donated items and assist with delivery to area schools for the upcoming school year.
“We are thrilled to partner with local libraries to gather these essential items for our students,” said Jessica Hughes, United Way NELA volunteer UNITED manager.
“At United Way, we work to ensure that children are successful in elementary school, and a big part of that is equipping their families with the resources they need to be ready for school next year,” Hughes said.
Director of marketing and communications Meghan Jones says United Way has a generous community.
“United Way’s mission is to help every member of our community have an opportunity to thrive. We all benefit when a child has what they need to succeed in school. We have such a generous community, and I have no doubt that we can make a difference for these children and their families,” said Jones.
The organization says gently used children’s uniforms, new shoes, socks, belts, and backpacks are requested from the community and can be donated at the following locations:
Jackson Parish Library
Lincoln Parish Library
Ollie Burns Memorial Library
Ouachita Parish Library (Main Branch)
Union Parish Library
United Way NELA (Monroe & Ruston locations)
LOOK LOCAL FOR YOUR SERVICE NEEDS
The commitment of the Jackson Parish Journal is to bring the most current news, sports and information about Jackson Parish to local viewers or those who are interested in local activities. In an effort to continue to promote Jackson Parish a Business and Personal Services section has been formed to allow viewers the opportunity to learn of local individuals and business service companies located in Jackson Parish. Call 318-480-1206 for more information or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sanders Pressure Washing Service:
Residential, Commercial, Patio’s, Driveway’s, Log Trucks, etc… All professionally done at great prices and with quick turnaround. For a free estimate call: Kyle Sanders at (318) 475-5430 or send email to: email@example.com
Quality Electrical & Controls Service:
“Call us when you want the job done right.” Over 60 years of combined Licensed and Certified experience in Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Control Panels, Electrical, HVAC and Inspections service. Located at 5039 Hwy 4 East, Jonesboro, LA. For free estimate contact:
Billy Earl Wilhite: (318) 475-2403
Richard Andrews: (318) 475-5136
4T Exterior Cleaning:
House wash, Metal roof wash, gutter cleaning, concrete, deck, and brick/ patio cleaning. Call (318)475-0347 or email Trevor.firstname.lastname@example.org
B3 Lawn Services:
No job to large or small. For complete lawncare and select landscaping services contact:
Todd Lowe (318) 623-8532
TJ Wilkerson (318) 480-1328
Josh Henry (318) 480-1596
Harris Yard Beautification Service:
For all your lawn and landscaping needs contact Greg Harris at (318) 245-2349. Free estimates and professional service guaranteed. Based out of Chatham.
A Pipes family tradition continues. Call Pamela at 318-533-2983. Cost is $65.00
Lots of extra cases of 1.5 calorie Children’s Nutrition Drink available at no cost. 8 oz. cans – 24 to the box. Contact Mary Blood at (318) 259-2750.
Book for sale: 100 year history of JHHS football
A year-by-year description of the first 100 years (1919-2019) of JHHS football that includes summary of early beginnings, yearly results, rosters, team and individual records and a gallery of pictures. Perfect gift for that grandfather, father, uncle or cousin who would enjoy remembering their “glory days”. Cost is $25.00 per book plus $3.00 shipping and handling. To order call (318) 480-1206 or send email to: email@example.com
JONESBORO BOARD OF ALDERMEN ANNOUNCE PUBLIC HEARING
A Public Hearing will be held July 13th, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the purposed Ordinance #2021-006 Tax Collector Salary. An ordinance amending section 2 of the code of ordinances of the Town of Jonesboro to amend section 2-73 fixing the compensation for the Town Tax Collector; providing an effective date therefore and providing for matters related thereto.
JACKSON PARISH COMMUNICATION DISTRICT MEETING AGENDA SPECIAL CALL MEETING
THURSDAY JUNE 17, 2021
1. CALL TO ORDER. TIME: 12:03
INVOCATION: SHERIFF ANDY BROWN PLEDGE: CHIEF BRANDON BROWN
ROLL CALL: PRESENT-SHERIFF ANDY BROWN, CHIEF BRANDON BROWN, JEFFCARPENTER, DAVID BROWN, CHIEF JAMES HARRIS, FRED TOLAR. ABSENT: SHARON SATCHER
PRESENT-DIRECTOR: GLEN MCBRIDE, ADMINSTRATIVE ASSISTIANT: BILLY MOORE
VISITORS: DONOVAN SHULTZ
PUBLIC COMMENTS: NONE
2. NEW BUSINESS.
A. DISCUSS BIDS RECEIVED ON SURPLUS GENERATOR. CHAIRMAN SHERIFF ANDY BROWN OPENED THE THREE BIDS RECEIVED ON SURPLUS INOPERABLE GENERATOR OWNED BY THE COMMUNICATION DISTRICT. THE HIGH BID WAS FROM WOMACK BROTHERS, LLC. FOR $350.00. MOTION BY JEFF CARPENTER, SECONDED BY CHIEF HARRIS, AND CARRIED 6-0 TO ACCEPT THE BID FROM WOMACK BROTHERS LLC FOR THE SURPLUS GENERATOR.
B. DISCUSS NEW 911 EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS. THE DIRECTOR PASSED OUT A CHANGE ORDER RELATED TO THE INSTALL OF THE NEW 911 EQUIPMENT. THE CHANGE ORDER IS TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL OPERATOR STATION TO THE NEW EQUIPMENT. THE COST OF THE ADDITIONAL STATION IS $13,562.66. MOTION BY CHIEF BROWN, SECOND BY DAVID BROWN AND CARRIED 6-0 TO APPROVE THE CHANGE ORDER ADDING AN ADDITIONAL OPERATOR CONSOLE TO THE NEW 911 EQUIPMENT.
THE DIRECTOR DISCUSSED THAT THE PRESENT RECORDER IN THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WOULD NEED TO BE REPLACED SO THAT CALLS FROM THE NEW 911 EQUIPMENT AND FROM OFFICE PHONES WOULD BE RECORDED AS REQUIRED. THE DIRECTOR PASSED OUT A QUOTE FROM HIGHER GROUND RECORDERS FOR A NEW RECORDER. MOTION BY CHIEF BROWN, SECONDED BY JEFF CARPENTER, AND CARRIED 6-0 TO PURCHASE THE NEW RECORDER ON STATE
CONTRACT FOR $26,731.76.
3. OTHER BUSINESS
A. BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS
4. NEXT MEETING: NOON WEDNESDAY JULY 28, 2021
FUTURE MEETING DATES: SEPTEMBER 22, 2021, NOVEMBER 17, 2021
JACKSON PARISH WATERSHED DISTRICT
Minutes of the meeting on June 17th, 2021
MEMBERS: GARY JOINER, JIMMY WAGGONER, WESLEY HARVEY, BERT BROWN, KENT HIGHTOWER, ROY BARLOW, DANIEL PONDER,
1) Kent Hightower called the meeting to order.
2) Kent Hightower gave the Invocation.
3) No Public Comments
4) Motion Daniel Ponder Second Roy Barlow to Approve minutes for April 15, 2021.
5) Motion Wesley Harvey second Roy Barlow to Approve payment of all bills.
6) Welcomed Gary Joiner to the board
7) Motion Daniel Ponder second Roy Barlow to Approve building permits for:
a) Carl Adkins, 1279 Ramsey Road, Chatham, boathouse
b) David Bell, 344 Haile Road, Chatham, boathouse
c) John McCain, 229 Smith Road, Chatham, boathouse
d) David Whitlock, Chatham, LA 71226, boathouse
8) Motion Daniel Ponder second Gary Joiner to Approve duck blind for Frank Cannon. Windy Point, AA-22 (NEW)
9) Motion Wesley Harvey Second Roy Barlow to Approve Duck Blind Permits
10)Discussed getting bids to re surface Walkway at Ebenezer Boat ramp dock.
11)Motion Wesley Harvey second Roy Barlow to take Mr. Lavelle off Bank signing.
12)Motion to add Gary Joiner Approve to be put on to sign checks.
13)Talk about assigning duties to board members.
A. Duck blind Permits Wesley Harvey.
B. Building Permits Jimmy Waggoner, Gary Joiner, Kent Hightower.
C. Gary Joiner to collect money at boat ramps.
D. Tournament permits Gary Joiner.
E. Help keep boat ramps and parking lots clean all board members
14)Talked about new buoy replacement to replace broken ones.
Motion Jimmy Waggoner second Gary Joiner to Adjourn.
• The next meeting is scheduled for July 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Reed Fletcher Stinson
November 07, 1959 – June 19, 2021
Mr. Reed Stinson, age 61 of Cascade, IA, died Saturday, June 19, 2021. Mr. Stinson was born in Shreveport, La. and he lived here in the Jonesboro area for many years. He was a talented iron fabricator and loved the outdoors with his dogs, hunting and fishing. He was an accomplished remote control airplane enthusiast. He spent time on the CB radio and his handle was Wa5ZVT and he spent many happy hours on the radio. Reed loved to spend time with the grandkids and he teased and played with them for hours. In addition to his abilities as a machinist he could work with numbers like magic.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Branda Stinson, Jamie Stinson, Erin Howard & Brian, Carrie (Stinson) Head & Clint, Tomas Stinson & Amy; stepson, Matt Lamkin; grandchildren, Austin Stinson, Saylor Ramas, Sebastian Guin, Eliza Guin, Baylee Caskey, Emma Guin, Bella Caskey, Bretlyn Howard, Lillie Head, Ayla Stinson, Bradley Howard; siblings, Judy Young, Kay Chung, David Stinson; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends.
Mr. Stinson was preceded in death by his parents, David Fletcher & Sue (McBride) Stinson; wife, Rae Stinson.
Friends may visit with the family at the Southern-Edmonds Chapel from5:00pm ~ 8:00pm Sunday, June 27, 2020. Funeral services will be held at the chapel Monday at 10:00am. Interment will follow at Ansley Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
March 26, 1930 – June 21, 2021
Oleta Savage Haile was born March 26, 1930 in Weston, LA, and passed away Monday, June 21, 2021 in Ruston, LA. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ella Savage; her husband, S. W. “Red” Haile; her son, Warren Blake Haile; and her siblings, Johnnie Ruth Reeves and John Wayland Savage.
She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Adams Jones and her husband, Bill; son, Rusty Haile and his wife Lisa; granddaughters, Nancy Adams Albin, her husband Sean, and their children Emory, Parker, and Ansley; and Maggie Adams Klein, her husband Matt , and their children Reed, Connor, and Quinn.
Oleta was a graduate of Weston High School and Louisiana Tech University. She was a career educator and was known by the many students whose lives she positively impacted as “Teacher Haile.” She was a sports enthusiast, both as a spectator and a participant. Basketball was her game in high school followed by semi-pro softball as a young woman and bowling and golf into her 70’s.
Oleta and Red were a great team, rearing and supporting their family, being successful in their careers, and enjoying life. They really were equal partners in their marriage, but on the dance floor, she loved to follow his lead. They were amazing to watch, and it brings us great joy to know they are reunited in Heaven.
The family would like to thank and commend the staff of Russ Place Assisted Living and Alpine Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 26th, at First Baptist Church, Jonesboro, LA. Burial followed in the Jonesboro Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.
Avis Inell Gaines
July 02, 1933 – June 21, 2021
Avis Inell Gaines, age 87 of Jonesboro, passed away from this life into her Heavenly home on June 21, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Livingston Gaines; her parents, Albert and Myrtis (Pate) Alexander; siblings, Doris Skains, Everett Alexander, RV Alexander, Wayne Donald Alexander, Ruby Alexander, Joyce Hall, Janice Alexander, Era Johnson.
Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, David Duncan Gaines (Anne), Mark Livingston Gaines (Pam); grandchildren, Duncan Armentor (Jacqui), Andrew L. Gaines (Meghan), Anthony Gaines, Tabbitha Brown (Josh), Tiffany Brown; 7 great grandchildren; siblings, John Alexander (Nelda), Linda Evans.
A graveside service was held on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at the Garden of Memories Cemetery with Bro. Bobby White officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.